Electric Car Review, A Week at a Glance, 7-19-2013

50 Mitsubishi i MiEV Bay Area
50 Mitsubishi i MiEV are going to Bay Area municipalities
50 Mitsubishi i MiEV Bay Area
50 Mitsubishi i MiEV are going to Bay Area municipalities

If you missed the main electric vehicle (EV) this week, here is quick round up.

Test Driving a Honda CR-Z.  Like many, I didn’t know what to make about Honda’s hybrid little two door car, the CR-Z until I got to test drive one for a week.  Is it a CR-X?  The answer is flat out no.  Day three test driving the Honda CR-Z car, I have nothing but good things to say about.  Stay tuned for the complete article next week.

Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle.  Ford started a great competition that ties its plug-in cars with smart appliances and solar panels for your home.  Find out how MyEnergi Lifestyle can help you cut down on energy costs, lower your carbon footprint and is actually affordable.  If you play your cards well and enter the contest, you could walk away with a vehicle and some appliances.

50 Mitsubishi i MiEV Join The Bay Area.  Very good news for one of the electric car pioneer, 50 Mitsubishi i MiEVs found their way with Bay Area municipalities and are helping local governments lower their energy budget, while furthering their climate change strategy.

Plug In America Shows Tesla Roadster Battery Good for 85% at 100,000 Miles.  Great news again for the electric car community with Plug In America’s second study finding the Tesla Motors Roadster previously felt its battery pack would retain 70% of its capacity after 100,000 miles.  It turns the number is closer to 85%.

Elsewhere in the news…

Japanese Can’t Get Enough Subaru Hybrids.  Late to the hybrid party, we knew Subaru’s first hybrid would make an impression.  Apparently the company had no idea how quickly the Japanese market would take to its XV Crosstek Hybrid and can’t keep up with orders.  Now the car is slated to appear in the US.  Congratulations Subaru, we are looking forward test driving it!

All Electric Vehicle Rally.  Here’s a great idea, let’s race electric vehicles.  Can you guess who won?

Great EV, PHEV and HEV Sales Numbers June.  EVObsession has some good numbers to share with us.  Find out how sales were for alternative energy vehicle last month, as well as battery price future expectation… Hint, it will continue to go down.

Finally Drayson Racing Technologies Take the Podium At Goodwood.  Drayson Racing Technologies is red hot.  World Electric Land Speed record, FIA e-series consultant and now a podium at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.

That’s it for today.  Stay tuned for next week as I finish my week-long test drive of the Honda CR-Z — spoiler alert, I loved it.  Also stay tuned for something you might have never heard about, what does a French Chopper look like?

Nicolas Zart
Born and raised around classic cars, it wasn't until Nicolas drove an AC Proulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing about this amazing technology and its social impacts in 2007. Today, Nicolas covers renewable energy, test drives cars, does podcasts and films. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he made in those industries. His articles are also published on Teslrati, CleanTechnica, the Beverly Hills Car Club and Medium. "There are more solutions than obstacles." Nicolas Zart